Neighbourhood Planning

If you would like further information on the Neighbourhood Plans being progressed in Hartlepool, please contact the Community Safety and Engagement Team on (01429) 523100.

The Government has introduced the right for communities to undertake Neighbourhood Planning activity through the Localism Act, allowing a new way for local people to decide and shape the future of the places where they live and work.


Neighbourhood Planning can help communities:

  • Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • Have their say on what those buildings should look like
  • Grant planning permission for the new buildings that they want to see


In Hartlepool three Neighbourhood Plans are being developed as follows:

Hartlepool Rural Plan

The Hartlepool Rural Plan Working Group (encompassing the four Parishes of Dalton Piercy, Elwick, Greatham, Hart and the Parish meeting of Newton Bewley) initially secured £20,000 from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), a support package delivered by Planning Aid England and an additional grant to commission the support of a Planning Consultant to enable it to move forward with the development of the first draft of the plan.  The group widely consulted upon the first draft and where appropriate, incorporated the stakeholder and community responses into the final draft, which was validated by the Council (as Local Planning Authority).  The Council consulted on the submitted plan for a period of eight weeks between 20 February and 17 April 2017.  Twelve representations were submitted during this period.  An independent examiner was appointed by the Council, in agreement with the Rural Plan Working Group, to carry out the examination of the submitted plan.  The examiner concluded that the draft plan and its policies, subject to recommended modifications, satisfies the basic conditions and other legal requirements and can proceed to referendum. 

In December 2018 the first Neighbourhood Plan for Hartlepool was adopted when the Rural Neighbourhood Plan was 'Made' by Council on 20 December following a positive vote at Public Referendum on  4 October 2018.  As required by regulation 19 The Decision Statement in relation to the adoption of the Rural Neighbourhood Plan is available for viewing.

The Decision Statement

All of the required documentation regarding the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed via the link below:

Hartlepool Rural Neighbourhood Plan downloads

Headland Neighbourhood Plan

The Headland Neighbourhood Planning Group secured a grant through the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme to assist them with delivering events and to raise awareness about Neighbourhood Planning but also to commission some consultancy support to develop their Neighbourhood Planning policies. A first draft of the plan has been prepared and the group is in the process of reviewing it. Once this process is completed, the first draft will be widely consulted upon.

The group initially worked with the Prince’s Foundation in developing a report to assist the initial stages of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan. Click here to view the Prince’s Foundation report.

Wynyard Neighbourhood Plan

The Wynyard Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, a sub-committee of the Wynyard Residents Association accessed funding from the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme to support the initial stages of plan development. The group commissioned the services of a consultant to assist with the preparation of a first draft of the plan. They also secured the support of consultants Aecom (via Locality) to prepare a masterplan for the Wynyard Neighbourhood Plan area. The policies of the plan have been drafted and the group has undertaken a consultation exercise with residents in the plan area prior to completing the first draft of the plan. To-date, consultation in relation to the early stages of plan development has included a household survey conducted within the Neighbourhood Plan boundary and through a number of local community events and workshops.


Park Neighbourhood Plan

The Park Neighbourhood Plan is no longer being progressed.  The application for the Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum and boundary designation was considered and refused by Hartlepool Borough Council as Local Planning Authority on 19 February 2014 at a meeting of its Planning Committee.

Formal Decision Notice